Swanage passenger train restored

History has been made with a special passenger train from London using a restored platform at Swanage station for the first time since 1966.

1966 passenger train to boost economy

Swanage rail platform in 1966
Swanage bay platform in September 1966 Credit: Swanage Railway

A chartered train from London has used a newly restored platform at Swanage for the first time since 1966.

The train excursion from London to Corfe Castle via Wareham is the first to have a train and crew supplied by South West Trains.

The 'Purbeck Adventurer' route ran via Woking, Basingstoke, Southampton, Bournemouth and Wareham on Saturday June, 29 and was organised by UK Railtours, in Hertfordshire.

The train brought in 370 passengers to boost the Isle of Purbeck economy.

Swanage Railway Company chairman Peter Sills said: "We had a very good reaction from passengers on board the 'Purbeck Adventurer'.

"Passengers really appreciate being able to enjoy a fast run from London to Corfe Castle and Swanage which enabled them a seaside special from the Capital to the coast."

Swanage railway platform in 2013
London to Swanage train in the bay platform in 2013 Credit: Swanage Railway